Edwin Nash

Posted by | February 19, 2004 12:00 am

Edwin Nash, 79, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 7, 2004.
Nash was born May 28, 1924, in Putnam County to John Wesley Nash and Ova Viola Chaffin.
Survivors include his wife, Rose Nash, of Sparta; one daughter, Carole McBride; one son, Edwin Dean Nash, both of Birmingham; one sister, Ruth McMaster, of Michigan; three grandchildren, Marshall McBride, Adam McBride, Jonathan Nash; two great grandchildren, Meredith McBride and Maddie McBride.
Services were at 1 p.m., Feb. 10, 2004, at Plainview Church of Christ with burial in Plainview Cemetery. Bro. Charlie Myers officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Freshman Warriors are district tourney champs

Posted by | February 17, 2004 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
Looking for the elusive roundball. Bodies are scattered all over the floor as the WCHS freshman Warriorettes and Riverdale’s freshman battle for the ball.
WCHS was defeated by Riverdale 59-44 in the championship game.


Farm Bureau observes Food Check-Out Day

Posted by | February 17, 2004 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
To recognize the outstanding efficiency and productivity of America’s farmers and ranchers, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the American Farm Bureau Women’s Committee officially commemorated Feb. 5, 2004, as Food Check-Out Day.
White County Farm Bureau did its part in celebration of the event. Joy Templeton, chairperson for the White County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, presented a check to the White County Help Center to purchase needed food items. Maryel Dean Mullins, director, will stock the shelves will food to be given to those who may find themselves in a time of crisis because of financial difficulties.
Latest statistics compiled by the Agriculture Department’s … Read More


Hearts at work for Gracemoor

Posted by | February 17, 2004 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The nationally celebrated day for love is Valentine’s Day, and White Countians recently showed support for those individuals who are victims of relationships where love has unfortunately turned into a painful experience.
On Feb. 13, 2004, hundreds of supporters of Gracemoor Inc. came together to help raise funds for the domestic violence shelter. Businesses and individuals purchased tables for the Gracemoor Valentine Banquet, which was at the Agricultural Complex.
Entertainment was provided by The Mastersingers, as well as a skit by the Christian youth group, Young Life. The fundraising event was a successful venture. The dinner and a silent auction garnered donations for Gracemoor.
Individuals … Read More


State commissioner for DHS visits White County

Posted by | February 17, 2004 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Although she has only been in office five weeks, Gina Lodge, Tennessee Commissioner of the Department of Human Services, has been touring the state, with White County as one of her stopping points last Thursday.
Lodge held a roundtable discussion session, in DeKalb County, on Feb. 12, 2004, with representatives from numerous counties in the Upper Cumberland in attendance, including White County. After she completed the scheduled meeting, Lodge traveled to White County to meet with DHS employees from White and Van Buren Counties.
Governor Phil Bredesen named Lodge to her position as Tennessee DHS commissioner on Jan. 9, 2004. She is a longtime Nashville … Read More


Oscoe Barlow

Posted by | February 16, 2004 12:00 am

Oscoe Barlow, 73, of Hermitage, passed away Feb. 11, 2004.
Barlow was born March 23, 1930, in Livingston, to Ridley Barlow and Susan Carwile Barlow.
He was a retired barber and hairstylist.
Barlow was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, A.J. Barlow, Clinton Barlow and Edward Barlow.
Survivors include five sisters, Mary Alcie Bradford, of Hermitage, Sarah Gibbons, of Livingston, Valley Hawkins, Delpha Combs, both of Sparta, M.C. Patton, of Dayton, Ohio; two brothers, John Barlow, of Monterey, James Barlow, of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 11 a.m., Feb. 14, 2004, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Hunter … Read More


Louis LaFever

Posted by | February 16, 2004 12:00 am

Louis LaFever, 81, of Cookeville, passed away Feb. 10, 2004.
LaFever was born Feb. 14, 1922, in Putnam County, to Seva LaFever and Maggie Ford LaFever.
He was a retired Chief Petty Officer with the U.S. Navy, a member of the Navy Fleet Reserve and American Legion.
LaFever was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Martha Clemons, Verda Webster, Ann Wygal; one brother, Jesse LaFever; and five infant siblings.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Nola Pearl Jones LaFever, of Cookeville; five sisters, Alice Clemons, Myrtle Clemons, Roberta Winks, all of St. George Utah, Dora Anderson and Hazel Gilson, of Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Services were … Read More


Jess Willard Norris

Posted by | February 16, 2004 12:00 am

Jess Willard Norris, 76, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 13, 2004.
Norris was born March 31, 1927, in White County, to Roy Monroe Norris and Elizabeth Dildine Norris.
He had been the owner of Norris Body Shop.
Norris was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Alfred Norris.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen Cowden Norris; one son and daughter-in-law, Willard and Rita Dishman Norris; two grandchildren, Brad Allen Norris, Rachel Dawn Norris Wilmoth and husband Kenny; two brothers, Arnold Norris, Robert Norris; four sisters, Lela Mae Anderson, Betty Cole, Joyce Henley and Ruth Emerton, all of Sparta.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Feb. 16, … Read More


James Albert Rollins

Posted by | February 16, 2004 12:00 am

James Albert Rollins, 72, of Murfreesboro, passed away Feb. 13, 2004.
Rollins was born Feb. 13, 1932, in White County to James Franklin Rollins and Lula Fuqua Rollins.
Rollins served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict.
He was retired from Lewis Bros. Bakery and IGA Foods.
Rollins was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen Felton Rollins; one daughter, Theresa Rollins Bowling; one son, Tony L. Rollins, all of Murfreesboro; four sisters, Mary Cantrell, Janie Barnes, Kathy Hudson, all of McMinnville, Juanita Jones, of Nashville; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m., Feb. 16, 2004, at … Read More




Sparta says goodbye to popular physician

Posted by | February 13, 2004 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
After serving White County residents for more than a half-century as a physician, Dr. Robert F. Baker Sr. has bid his final farewell to a place he has called home since 1952.
Baker passed away Feb. 9, 2004, at Life Care Center of Sparta. He had been an integral part of the community and served in numerous capacities as a member of various service organizations.
Always thinking about the welfare of his patients, Baker and his friend and colleague, Dr. Charles Mitchell, played a major role in the advancement of local medicine, which included supporting the construction of the present White County Community Hospital.
Baker … Read More


Ballpark long way from completion

Posted by | February 13, 2004 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Commissioners solicited long-time Little League supporter Dan Cummings to assist with completion plans for the controversial recreation park, but Cummings’ report Monday night was not very positive.
Cummings, who has previously served as Little League president and has spent more than three decades devoted to the baseball program, presented commissioners with his findings about the current condition of the park, which is on the Smithville Highway.
During the January meeting of Steering Committee A, commissioners approved $4,000 for the sifting of the dirt that had been placed on the ballfields. Large rocks had been found in the dirt, which would present a safety hazard to … Read More


Dispatcher’s firing questioned

Posted by | February 13, 2004 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Approximately four weeks after the dismissal of E-911 dispatcher Jamie Banks, a board member has asked for the decision to be rescinded.
Gary Witt, former E-911 board of directors chairman, said he felt the board may have acted out of the realm of their authority. Witt said Harry Cole, E-911 director, should have been given the ultimate decision about firing Banks. Although the nine board members voted unanimously to fire Banks, Witt was concerned proper policies and procedures had not been followed, which would allow Banks to appear before the personnel committee to file any grievances in the matter.
“This has nothing to do with … Read More


Love that lasts a lifetime

Posted by | February 13, 2004 12:00 am

Jeanne Bruce
Wayne and Nita Perry will be celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary this year, but they have enjoyed love for a lifetime. The two were married before, but both lost their mates to death. They didn’t expect to love again, but fate had a different idea.
Nita, born in Frogjump, Tennessee, came to Sparta at age 2 months.
“I had never been back to Frogjump since then, but Wayne took me back there when I was 72 years old,” Nita smiled.
Wayne is originally from Philadelphia, where he married a woman who had a brother in Sparta.
“After my wife got Alzheimer’s, I brought her here to … Read More


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